What is Certificate of Merit® (CM)?
Certificate of Merit® (CM) is a stimulating educational opportunity and experience for students who study with a teacher who is a member of MTAC. Initiated in 1933, CM is sponsored and run by the MTAC and now annually involves approximately 30,000 students statewide.
Certificate of Merit® outlines a detailed year-by-year curriculum of study for the successful and effective learning of a musical instrument through the publication of comprehensive syllabi (one for each instrument) and a system of yearly evaluations.
During the evaluations, experienced adjudicators hear students perform selected literature, technique elements and sightreading, and students complete a written theory exam, which includes an ear training component. Following the evaluation, students receive a comprehensive assessment of their performance.
A successful evaluation results in a certificate being given, in recognition that the student has achieved the specified requirements for the specified level (representing one year) of study.
The Certificate of Merit® program in California also offers performance opportunities for outstanding student performers.
Participation is limited to those studying one of the following instruments with a member of a local branch of the MTAC:
- Violin, viola, cello
- Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone/euphonium
Students are enrolled by their teachers, using a secure online database system, in the fall for participation in the following spring. Annual evaluations are held between mid-February and early April, on specific dates arranged by the local branch.
Your MTAC teacher will supply all additional information.